Leading Ford Supercars Championship team, Prodrive, has been forced to quell speculation in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper about a swap to Mustangs in place of the current Ford Falcons for next year’s Supercars Championship.
The newspaper pointed to Supercars' new ‘Gen2’ regulations which are effective next year and include two-door vehicles…but in the case of a Prodrive Mustang, the 'Telly' put 2 and 2 together and got 5.
Ahead of this weekend’s championship round at Sydney Motorsport Park, Prodrive team boss Tim Edwards said the team will again be racing Falcon FG X machines next year.
Edwards added that it was too late to kick-start a development program for a brand new racer in time for the 2017 season but did admit his team had entertained a brief overview of the Mustang without detailed technical or engineering work at this stage.
However a high-performance road-going Mustang is definitely under development by Prodrive with reports the company has recently registered the ‘Tickford’ brand.
There are already numerous after-market options for Mustang buyers wishing to beef-up their cars and Edwards said the advanced Prodrive plans will be unique.
And Prodrive’s future road car business will go beyond Ford’s reinvented ‘Stang.
Despite the continuing local success of both Prodrive and DJR Team Penske - and team owner Roger Penske’s close relationship with Ford via his company’s NASCAR program in North America - the local arm of the Blue Oval is currently not involved in Supercar racing in any factory-backed form.